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Un ballo in maschera IT - 1859 1*
Giuseppe Verdi 1813 - 1901 IT 3*
Libretto by Antonio Somma
First performance at Teatro Apollo, Rome on 17 February 1859
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By the time he came to write Un ballo in maschera, Verdi was rich enough not to have to work for a living. This opera ran into trouble with the censors because it originally dealt with the assassination of a monarch.